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Thursday, May 28, 1998

  • 94% of faculty vote yes
  • Today it's convocation for arts
  • Laser surgery clinic opens
  • An honour, a correction, and more
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94% of faculty vote yes

Balloting closed yesterday afternoon, and faculty members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the proposed Memorandum of Agreement governing their relations with the university as the employer.

Votes were counted in the university secretariat at the end of the day. A total of 682 ballots had been distributed, and 414 were returned, says Tracy Dietrich of the secretariat staff. That's a little more than a 60 per cent turnout from eligible faculty members.

Of those returned ballots, 388 were in support of the Memorandum of Agreement and 26 were opposed. In other words: yes 93.7 per cent, no 6.3 per cent.

With endorsement from faculty members, the Memorandum goes to the UW board of governors for ratification on Monday.

Subject to that ratification, the Memorandum establishes the faculty association as representative of regular faculty members (whom it already represents) and part-timers who have at least 50 per cent of a full load. Negotiations are to begin next fall on having the association represent professional librarians as well.

Among the Memorandum's many sections are a set of rules on discipline of faculty members, something that hasn't existed before; a revised grievance procedure; and changes to the salary negotiation procedure, replacing an internal "chair" (who later becomes a final offer selector) with an external arbitrator. Approval of the Memorandum will mean an end to Policy 63 (faculty grievances), the section of Policy 53 (tenure) that deals with dismissal, and much of Policy 33 (ethics); UW's ethics committee wold be abolished.

Today it's convocation for arts

Looks like gorgeous, and warm, weather for day two of spring convocation. Today's ceremony, starting at 2 p.m., is for the arts faculty, and a total of 858 students will be receiving diplomas with that classy new rendition of the university shield. (The shield-in-a-ring was designed by people from the registrar's office and graphic services; it's blind-stamped on the front of the convocation programs, and stamped in foil on the diplomas.) Among the graduates today is Andrew Davidson, picking up not only a BA in English but the alumni gold medal as the top bachelor's level graduate from the arts faculty this year.

Honorary degree recipients for today:

Distinguished Teacher Awards will be presented to Gabriel Niccoli, Italian and French studies, St. Jerome's University; Dale Payne, social development studies, Renison College; and Morley Lemon, school of accountancy.

And David Hartry, who was chaplain at Renison College from 1975 to 1992, will be made an Honorary Member of the University, with one of those green ribbonlike stoles to symbolize the distinction. A page in the convocation program says a few words about him:

He chaired the UW Chaplains' Association, the Advisory Board of the Student Christian Movement, and the Board of Directors of the University Club. . . . He also sat on the University's Student Life Committee. . . . Not content to confine his energies to the University campus, Canon Hartry was active in volunteer work in the local community, most notably with the Sunbeam Rehabilitation Centre and the YMCA of Kitchener-Waterloo. During his many years at Waterloo, Canon Hartry touched the lives of thousands of students from every faculty of the University. He was highly regarded not only for his genuine interest in students, but for his great wit and vivacity.
Hartry is now rector of an Anglican church in Arva, Ontario.

Laser surgery clinic opens

An outpost of TLC The Laser Center Inc., a company that operates some 40 eye surgery clinics in Canada and the United States, opened in UW's school of optometry late in April and is now seeing patients.

[TLC logo] "Computer-controlled pulses of cool laser light are applied to delicately reshape the curvature of the eye," says TLC publicity, explaining the most common procedure, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). It says the company has "the most advanced technology in refractive procedures -- using the excimer laser to correct common vision disorders such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. The company also has interests in secondary care facilities, managed care, buying groups and information technology as part of an integrated approach to eye care health. TLC, in partnership with more than 6,000 affiliated eye doctors -- including both optometrists and ophthalmologists -- has unparalleled clinical expertise and is recognized as the largest laser vision correction provider in North America."

So far, the TLC presence at UW consists of one person, ophthalmic technician Beth Hahn, who's based in a first-floor room in the optometry clinic. A second staff member is being hired and there will likely be four by later this year, Hahn says.

Patients are referred to TLC by their optometrists, or by UW's own optometry clinic. "They go through the entire consultation process with us," Hahn explains, and if laser treatment seems appropriate, they travel to TLC's clinic in London, Ontario, for the actual surgery. "The hope is that we will get a laser here eventually," Hahn said.

Starting at the end of June, optometry students will spend some time at the laser surgery clinic as part of their "rotation" through UW's clinics, learning various branches of their profession.

An honour, a correction, and more

Carolyn Hansson, UW's vice-president (university research), has been named to the Canadian Academy of Engineering, "in recognition of her achievements and outstanding contribution to the advancement of engineering and to the economic and social progress in Canada". The award is announced as part of the president's report to next week's meeting of the UW board of governors. Hansson, a specialist in concrete who headed the metallurgical engineering department at Queen's University before coming to Waterloo as VP, will be inducted into the Academy next month.

Yesterday's Gazette, noting the death of library staff member Olivia Ting earlier this month, said that she is survived by "a sister, Che Tat Ng of Waterloo". It's the other way around: Olivia Ting was sister to Che Tat Ng, who is male, and who is a faculty member in UW's department of pure mathematics. Her survivor in Hong Kong is also a brother, not a sister.

Mathematician William Kahan, who will be receiving an honorary degree on Saturday, will give a talk in the Davis Centre this afternoon (3:30 p.m., room 1302) on "How Java's Floating-Point Hurts Everyone Everywhere". Those of us who dabble in web page creation, but still haven't learnt how to do anything with Java, can only marvel of course, as the likes of Kahan discuss "five gratuitous mistakes" in the way Java does its calculations: "Linguistically legislated exact reproducibility is at best mere wishful thinking," he says.

The Centre Stage Dance Studio has a recital in the Humanities Theatre again tonight (7 p.m.).

And . . . if you're open to some entertainment off campus in the next few days, may I recommend the Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre's production of "Charley's Aunt". I wouldn't go so far as to suggest that its picture of student life at Oxford in the 1890s has a shred of truth in it, but the play (by Brandon Thomas, and directed for KWLT by Anita Kilgour) is 106 years old and as funny as ever. It continues tonight through Sunday, and June 4-7, at 9 Princess Street East; call 886-0660 for tickets.


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